FFC's FCCLA did a
great job at state competition on Friday, March 14th in
Montgomery, Al. Three of the members will be
representing Florence Freshman Center at National FCCLA
Competition in San Antonio, TX this
July. Congratulations to these students and to their
teacher, Lisa Arnett.
Starks- Chapter Program Review- Silver Medal, qualifying
Hynethia Todd and
Kiauna Knight- Chapter Service Project Display- Bronze
Career Investigations, Silver Medal
Destini Thompson and
Erica Smith- Focus on Children, Silver Medal, qualifying
recently participated in the
State Convention for Spanish this year. It was our
school system's first time participating in this
competition, and our students were OUTSTANDING! Please congratulate
the following students, along with their teacher,
Suzanne Lindley, on their
State win. They
devoted themselves enthusiastically to this competition.
2014 State Winners
Martha Howard - First Place - Poetry (level 2)
Miller Barnes - First Place - Poetry (level 2 special category)
Melissa Fisher - Third Place - Poetry (level 1)
Andrew Mitchell - First Place - Verbs (level 2)
Annisha Borah - Third Place - Verbs (level 2)
Quinn Raymond - Second Place- Grammar (level 2)
Noah Wagnon - Third Place - Grammar (level 2)
Caroline Niedergeses - Third Place - Grammar (level 1)
Anne Holland Lane and Vivian Mallett - Second Place Costume (Spain)
Christian Cervantes - Fourth Place 2-D Drawing (Bullfighter)
Keonna Fitzgerald and Jazmin Barocio - Fourth Place Dance
Congratulations are in order for Thomas Crosslin,
Amaryst Parks, and Thomas Solomon!
Tanner Crosslin is now a Finalist in the National Merit
This year there were approximately 1.5 million students
across the country that entered the National Merit
Scholarship Program by sitting for PSAT test as high
school juniors. Only the top 1% of those students
across the country are recognized as semi-finalists, and
only the top 80% of the semi-finalists are named as
Amaryst Parks and Thomas Solomon are Finalists in the
National Achievement Scholarship Program!
Much like the National Merit Program, the National
Achievement Scholarship Program honors African-American
students who scored among the top 1% in the nation on
the PSAT. There were only 1,600 students named as
National Achievement semi-finalists this year,
and only 1,280 students were announced as finalists!
The National Merit and National Achievement programs
will now begin selecting foundation scholarship
recipients from the remaining pool of applicants.
However, many colleges/universities already award very
impressive scholarship packages to those who are named
as finalists! We are so proud of these three students!
They are all amazing and so deserving of this
addition to the honor above, Amaryst Parks has
been selected to attend the Finalist Weekend for the
Brown Fellows Program at Centre College, where she will
participate in a competitive interview process. She is
one of only 44 students across the country named as a
finalist for this program. There are ten Brown
Fellowships available, each providing a full
tuition/room and board scholarship, plus monetary
stipends for individual summer enrichment experiences!
Following their first year, all Brown Fellows will spend
two weeks at Centre's program in Strasbourg, France.
Rising third and fourth-year Fellows pursue individual
leadership projects, funded up to $5,000.
you a better idea of how competitive this program is,
take a look at the list of requirements in order to be
academic credentials alone are not sufficient to be
selected as a Brown Fellow, typical finalists have the
following credentials: • The most
difficult curriculum available at their respective high
Unweighted academic GPAs of 3.9—4.0 •
ACT scores ranged from 32 to 36 •
SAT critical reading and math scores ranged
from 1400 to 1600
a truly AMAZING program and opportunity! Please wish her
the best of luck as she moves forward in this process!
KidCheck Plus Program
Through the annual KidCheck Plus program, students in
grades 1 and 4 were administered health screenings which
included basic health, vision, and dental screenings.
The screenings occurred at Forest Hills, Harlan, and
Weeden Elementary schools on Monday-Wednesday, February
3-5. This program, which is coordinated by Karen
Williams RN, Lead Nurse for Florence City Schools, is
affiliated with both the state and national KidCheck
Plus network which is dedicated to the monitoring of
issues related to the health and well being of children.
Sincere words of thanks are extended to the following
individuals, agencies, and businesses who made this
year’s KidCheck Plus program possible in our schools.
Dawson MSN, DNP, UNA
School of Nursing
RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CNE,
Northwest –Shoals Community College of Nursing
Brothers Big Sisters
Way Success by Six
Department of Economic and Community Affairs-Energy
Seniors Volunteer Program
12.Advantage Family Care,
Dr Jonathan Summers and Misty Coats CRNP
"SnapChat, and any app
messages, or text, is
prohibited on all
Florence City Schools
or any similar app, will
be a violation of use
and will incur
Students may continue
to utilize iMessage and
similar apps that offer
exchange of text and
pictures, but any app
that is designed for
disappearing text or
pictures is prohibited."
Per AHSAA rules, only
AHSAA issued passes will
be honored for entry
into state playoff
games. You must have
your AHSAA pass with you
and present it to the
individual working the
pass gate. Flight
cards, season passes,
etc. will not be allowed
for admission per AHSAA
rules. Season parking
passes will be honored.
We wish the Falcon
Football team the best
of luck! Go Falcons!!!
For the second year, the Alabama Association
of School Boards sponsored a video contest for Alabama
high school students. Participants submitted a video
entitled "How Our School Achieves Excellence." Florence
High School placed third in the competition! Take a
look at the videos here.
Congratulations to Adam
Neill for winning the first annual Timmy Horton high
school fishing tournament! Add another $3000 to FHS's
scholarship earnings! Also, Ethan Rickard placed 3rd
earning $1,500 in
scholarship money and
$500 for “Big Fish”!
Lake Blasingame and John Murphy helped the FHS
team to an overall 3rd place finish.
In addition to the recognition by US
News, Florence High School has also been listed in
Newsweek’s top 2,000 schools in the nation. Wow!
Newsweek Magazine and The Daily Beast
analyzed the data from thousands of high schools to find
the nations’ best. They recently announced their list of
“America’s Best High Schools for 2013.” Florence High
School was recognized in this year’s ranking that
highlights the best 2,000 public high schools in the
nation—those that have proven to be the most effective
in turning out college-ready grads. The list is based on
six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college
acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per
student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10
percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and
percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE
course (5 percent).
Dr. Janet Womack recently underwent her annual review
conducted by the by the Board of Education and with
input from school personnel and community members. The
near perfect review was released at a recent board
meeting and reported in the Times-Daily.
Florence City Schools Memorabilia Room, which officially
opened in the Burrell-Slater School building on November
1, 2012, has received a statewide honor. On April 29,
2013, Dr. Janet Womack received word from Mr. Tom
Turley, a staff member at the Alabama Department of
Archives and History, that the Local Governments Records
Commission has chosen the Memorabilia Room as the
recipient of the 2013 Records Management and
Memorabilia Room is the result of a partnership that
includes the Florence City Council (funding for a new
HVAC system); Mr. Charles Anderson (donation of all
display shelving); Ms. Maray Daniel (overall design of
the Room); alumni from Bradshaw and Coffee High Schools
(preserving artifacts from the two schools and setting
up the displays); and Mr. Dempsey Rutherford and other
staff members from Brandon Elementary School (preserving
artifacts from Brandon and other elementary schools).
So, the recent award is a tribute to all who worked
together to make the Memorabilia Room a reality.
agreement between UNA and FCS, and with the help of
a private donor, 80 of
our K-12 teachers and administrators will have the
opportunity to attend graduate school over the next
four years to obtain a masters or specialist degree
in education at a significantly reduced cost to the
individual. The selected participants will begin
graduate work this summer. After an application and
interview process, the following forty teachers and
administrators chosen for the first official
cohort of IMPACT 80 are:
Florence High School was
recently recognized as a Banner
School by the CLAS (Council for
Leaders in Alabama Schools)
association. 119 Alabama
schools applied for the award,
but only twelve were chosen.
Dr. Womack, Superintendent,
Florence City Schools, Mrs.
Lynne Hice, Principal, Florence
High School, and members of her
faculty and staff traveled to
Montgomery to attend the
luncheon and receive the award.
Congratulations to Mrs. Hice and
her outstanding faculty and
staff for a job well done!
Congratulations to the FMS Scholar Bowl team and to
their sponsor, Jacqueline Poole! On April 12, 2013, the
Florence Middle School Scholars Bowl Team competed in
the Spring 2013 Knowledge Master Open Tournament. THE
RESULTS ARE STUPENDOUS !!!!!!!!! The FMS Scholars Bowl
Team excelled from 5th place in the state of Alabama in
the Fall 2012 Knowledge Master Open Tournament to 3rd
place in the Spring 2013 Knowledge Master Open
Student award for the
whole region consisting of northwest Alabama, northeast
Mississippi, and south central Tennessee. Davis won this
honor by having the highest score on the American
Chemical Society test administered by UNA. Kacy Wilson
was also honored for having the highest score at
Florence High School. Davis's teacher is Marilyn
Williams, and Kacy's is Bo Culver. Congratulations to
both students and instructors!
Perry Selected as a 2013 Young Hero of Alabama
Florence High student Josie
Perry has been selected as a 2013 Young Hero of
Alabama. Out of hundreds of nominations, only five
students were selected by a committee made up of Alabama
business, civic and education leaders. Josie was
nominated by FHS teacher Dorlea Rikard. Each of the
Young Heroes will receive a $2,500 scholarship to the
college/university of their choice, an I-Pad, and some
Within the next couple of
weeks, Josie will be contacted by a representative of
APT to come to Florence to film her story. The
collected vignettes will be broadcast on the evening of
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – in conjunction with the
announcement of Alabama’s Teacher of the Year. A
representative from APT will also be visiting the school
and Josie to present her scholarship and other prizes.
Florence has had several other Heroes over the years. If
you would like to see the photos and bios of Young
Heroes from years past, you may do so at this link:
Congratulations to the Florence High School "Big Blue"
Falcon Band for receiving the rating of "Superior" from
all three concert judges and the sight-reading judge at
the Alabama Bandmasters Association Music Performance
Assessment at UNA. This is the highest rating that
concert bands can earn in the state of Alabama. Way to
go "Big Blue"!!
The Florence Science
Olympiad teams competed at UAH on Saturday. Team 1
placed 3rd overall earning an opportunity for
Florence to compete in the State Competition for the
seventh consecutive year!!
Florence High School team 1 came in only two points
behind the second place team and finished third ahead of
the fourth place team, Grissom High School, by a 27
Congratulations to the following Science Olympiad
in Forensics- Alexis Batchelor and Roman Sherrod
in Fermi Questions- Rohit Borah and Roman Sherrod
in Write it Do it – Amanda Lawrence and Sarah Mathews
in Chemistry – Lee McLauglin and Roman Sherrod
in Dynamic Planet – Sarah Mathews and Hannah Mokulis
in Elastic Glider – David Marsh and Parth Patel
in Material Science – Parth Patel and Roman Sherrod
in Technical Problem Solving – Andrew Brown and Thomas
in Anatomy – Rohit Borah and Allen Mao
in Chemistry- Barry Flannery and Thomas Solomon
in Designer Genes – Amanda Lawrence and Amaryst Parks
in Experimental Design – Raymond Lee, David Marsh, Parth
in Forestry – Rohit Borah and Allen Mao
in Gravity Vehicle – David Marsh and Parth Patel
in Magnetic Levitation device – Lee McLauglin and
in Boomilever – David Marsh and Roman Sherrod
in Write it do it – Emily Shields and Leah Smith
in Disease Detectives – Max Mao and Therese Solomon
in Heredity – Mollie Murphy (freshman)
to Dr. Lisa Keys-Mathews for working with our students
in remote sensing and dynamic planet during
practices over the past several weeks.
Coaches – Stephen
Darwin and Ricky Taylor
Assistant Coach – Robin Thompson
Florence High School
Students Named in Prestigious Scholarship Programs
Florence City Schools is proud to announce the
achievements of several Florence High School students.
Congratulations to Roman Sherrod for his recognition by
the U. S. Department of Education as a semifinalist to
become a member and scholarship recipient of the U. S.
Presidential Scholars Program. He will continue in the
competition to become one of the 560 students in the
nation that will be recognized as a Presidential
Scholar. Roman has a perfect score on both the ACT and
math and reading portions of the SAT.
Congratulations also to Roman, Rohit Borah, and Adam
Schoenbachler for their selection as finalists by the
National Merit Program, and to Juliette Stanley for her
selection as a National Achievement Finalist by the
National Merit Program. Juliette is one of 1,280
only the students, but their families, their teachers,
and their administrators as well are to be commended for
the honors awarded to these outstanding individuals.
Left to right: Roman Sherrod, Adam Shoenbachler,
its annual meeting each January, Heritage Preservation,
Inc. (HPI), a community-based historic preservation
organization, presents its Capital Award to individuals
in the community who have made significant contributions
to historic preservation in the community within the
annual meeting for this year held Sunday, January 20,
the organization presented the Capital Award to Alex
McDowell, a current student at Florence Freshman Center.
As his Eagle Scout project, he and a group of his fellow
Scouters designed and executed a really fine project at
Florence City Cemetery. To finance it, he collected and
sold hundreds of pounds of scrap metal. What an
All public schools in Florence are fully accredited by
SACS CASI (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Council on Accreditation and School Improvement), one of
the first 150 school systems in America to be
comprehensively accredited as a district.
the official policy of the
that no person shall on the grounds of race, color,
disability, sex, religion, creed, national origin or
age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the
benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any
program, activity or employment.